Procedures for Department of Music Scholarship Applications

For Students:

  • Click HERE to access the common application form
  • Scholarship applications require submission of an unofficial transcript
  • Competition recitals require submission of print-ready program information (singers must include translations). Your applied teacher must approve the print-ready recital program information before you submit your competition application. Make sure you proof your information carefully
    • Competitions require published scores. Plan ahead to make sure you have these well before the competition day. If your pieces are in the public domain, you may submit bound scores from IMSLP
    • If you need help writing your supportive statement(s) please see a member of the scholarship committee or talk to a faculty member who can assist
    • Present yourself as luminously as possible. Promote yourself and your accomplishments as a performer, scholar, or future educator. Discuss your financial situation where appropriate

For Faculty: 

  • Click HERE to submit the department nomination form along with letters of recommendation that mention the specific scholarship by name. This is especially important for scholarships that are decided upon outside of the Department. It is fine to use the same letter (or nearly so) for different scholarships, but tailoring the letter to a specific scholarship helps your recommended student in the end 

Fall 2017 Scholarships


Kenton Scholarship  

Award: $810


  • Full time or part time undergraduate Music Major studying Jazz
  • No GPA requirement
  • Applicants must be nominated by the Department of Music Jazz Division faculty

Application: Contact Professor Jim McFalls, Department of Music:  


Henry Sanborn Music Scholarship

Award: $3,013


  • Full-Time Music Major in Voice or Piano
  • Minimum cumulative GPA of 3.0
  • Selection is made by audition
  • Contribution to the Department of Music
  • Financial Need

Voice Application Details:

Application Deadline: Thursday, September 28, 2017, by 5:00 p.m.
Preliminary Audition Round: Thursday, October 5, 2017, 11:00 a.m.
Final Audition Round (3-4 singers): Thursday, October 12, 2017, 11:00 a.m.

Submit Application to Professor Theresa Bickham:  

Piano Application Details:

Application Deadline: Friday, October 6, 2017, by 5:00 p.m.
Audition Date: Thursday, October 12, 2017, 11:00 a.m.

Submit Application to Prof. Eva Mengelkoch:  

Recital Date: Tuesday, October 24, 2017, 7:30pm, Recital Hall (CA 3066)


Peggy Friedmann Gordon Music Competition

Award: 1st place $1000; 2nd place $650; 3rd place $350


  • Full time student
  • Undergraduate Music Major
  • Currently enrolled in applied music lessons
  • Sponsored by applied faculty member
  • 1st place winners of the 2016 Friedmann Gordon and the 2017 Lieberman competitions are not eligible

Audition Requirements: Friedmann Gordon Audition Fact Sheet

  • Contestant must prepare at least 30 minutes of music: a minimum of 2 contrasting pieces, of which 10-15 minutes will be heard (the judges are at liberty to stop and start as they see fit)
  • First piece may be chosen by the contestant and must be indicated as such on the Application Form
  • One copy of the solo part or piano score must be provided for the judges, and the selections must be clearly marked and easy to locate quickly – photocopies are NOT acceptable, and will result in disqualification
  • Memorization is required for piano and voice (oratorio and chamber music excepted), optional for others; vocalists are expected to present music in different languages
  • Contestants must bring their own accompanist, if the piece requires – an accompanist will NOT be provided
  • Contestants will be judged on musicality, technique, interpretation, stage presence and presentation, style, and execution

Application Deadline: Friday, October 6, 2017, by 5:00 p.m.

Audition Date: Friday, October 13, 2017, 10:00 a.m., Harold J. Kaplan Concert Hall (CA 3042)

Recital Date: Tuesday, November 7, 2017, 11:00am,, Harold J. Kaplan Concert Hall (CA 3042)



James L. Dunbar, Jr. Memorial Scholarship

Award: $2,894


  • Undergraduate Music Major
  • Non-traditional student 25+ years of age
  • Minimum cumulative GPA of 3.0
  • Selection is made my audition

Additional Requirements: 

  • Provide an application statement: Approximately 500 words defining your future career goals and how your degree will assist you in achieving those goals
  • Students may self nominate
  • 2 faculty letters of recommendation

Application Deadline: Friday, October 27, 2017, by 5:00 p.m.

Audition Date: Friday, November 3, 2017, 10:00 a.m., Harold J. Kaplan Concert Hall (CA 3042)



The Origene Huss Scholarship

Award: $5,000*


  • Full-time student
  • Undergraduate
  • Music Education Major
  • Recipient must be entering their Junior year
  • Applicant must have an intended or declared Music Education major in the College of Fine Arts and Communication
  • Applicants shall be nominated by the faculty according to the criteria: minimum 3.4 cumulative GPA, music skills, and a commitment to music education
  • Financial need does not need to be considered
  • *The scholarship is renewable for a second year, as long as recipient maintains an in-major minimum 3.4 cumulative GPA and continues as a Music Education Major in the College

Faculty Nomination Deadline: Monday, October 30, 2017, 12:00 p.m. NOON

Student Application Deadline: Monday, November 6, 2017, 12:00 p.m. NOON

Application: Application submissions to Dr. Alicia Mueller, Department of Music: